21335
Italy/Greece
Uncovering the Origins of Western Civilization: Rome and Athens
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Mediterranean societies that gave rise to Western Civilization as you explore Rome and Athens with scholars and experts.
Program No. 21335RJ
Length
10 days
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3,165
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10 days
9 nights
24 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
In Flight & Arrivals in Rome
Rome
D
Hotel Nord Nuova Roma

Activity note: Please note check-in is at 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Join your group leader for an orientation to your program before dinner. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Get to know your fellow participants at the welcome dinner.

DAY
3
Rome
Rome
B,L
Hotel Nord Nuova Roma

Activity note: Today's activities include walking through museums and standing for up to an hour.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture titled, "Rome and Athens; The Rise of Western Thought." Afterwards, we will take public transport for a field trip to the archaeological excavations in the Roman Garden. Later on, we will discover Musei Capitolini, the most ancient public museum in the world which houses a considerable quantity of archaeological examples in addition to a significant collection of medieval and modern works. Recently, a large glass-walled room was built out of the covering of the Roman Garden to exhibit the original of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, previously located in Piazza del Campidoglio.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy some leisure time.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Ancient Rome
Rome
B,D
Hotel Nord Nuova Roma

Activity note: Today's activities include walking around historic sites such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. In addition, there will be a short walk to the lunch restaurant.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture focusing on Ancient Rome, the Classical period, and the birth of merchant exchange (Mercati Traianei) and the birth of law (Roman Forums). Afterwards, we will take public transport for a field trip to explore the famous archaeological wonders of Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and learn about life in ancient Rome.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Enjoy some leisure time.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Take delight in a Rome by Night tour.

DAY
5
The Vatican
Rome
B,L
Hotel Nord Nuova Roma

Activity note: Today's activities include walking around historic sites and through museums. Be prepared to stand for up to an hour at a time.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture examining the history and rise of the Christian churches with a focus on the Vatican. Afterwards, we will discover the Vatican museums through a tour that follows an itinerary including: Pio Clementino museum, the Gallery of the Candelabras, the Gallery of the Geographical Maps, and the Gallery of the Tapestries (Renaissance art), the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel. The duration of the tour is about two hours.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy some leisure time to discover Rome on your own. Take advantage of being at the Vatican to explore St. Peter's on your own.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: Take some time to pack for the trip to Athens.

DAY
6
Rome to Athens
Athens
B,L,D
Titania Hotel

Activity note: Today's activities include a flight. Please note that you will have to carry your own bags through the airport.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel before the flight.

Morning: We will depart the hotel for a morning flight to Athens.

Lunch: Upon arrival in Athens, enjoy a light lunch typically enjoyed by the Greeks.

Afternoon: See the sites of Athens as you make your way from the airport to the hotel. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and then join your study leader for an introductory presentation focusing on Athens.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Acropolis Museum
Athens
B,D
Titania Hotel

Activity note: Today's activities include a walk from the Acropolis museum to the Acropolis. This walk may be uphill over uneven ground. In addition, please be prepared to walk to public transit lines and to walk up and down stairs.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture titled, "General History of Athens: The Golden Age of Ancient Greek Civilization." Afterwards, we will take public transport to discover the new Acropolis museum. The Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis houses treasures from the sanctuaries that were found on the slopes of the Acropolis, as well as objects that Athenians used in everyday life from all historic periods. In antiquity, the slopes of the Sacred Rock constituted the transition zone between the city and its most famous sanctuary. This was the area where official and popular cults, as well as large and small sanctuaries existed alongside private houses.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: We will walk from the museum to the Acropolis. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel by public transit.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
National Archaeological Museum
Athens
B,D
Titania Hotel

Activity note: Today's activities include walking to public transit lines and walking up and down stairs. Please be prepared to stand for up to an hour at a time.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Join your study leader for a lecture focusing on the Byzantine period and modern Greek history. Afterwards, we will take a field trip to the National Archaeological Museum, which is the largest museum in Greece and one of the world's greatest museums. Although its original purpose was to secure all the finds from the nineteenth century excavations in and around Athens, it gradually became the central National Archaeological Museum and was enriched with finds from all over Greece. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Enjoy some leisure time to explore the city at your own pace.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Athens
Athens
B,D
Titania Hotel

Activity note: Today's activities include using public transit lines to travel between sites.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture to learn about DEMOS- Classical Athenian Democracy and the Rise of Democratic Thought. Afterwards, we will take public transport to discover the ancient Agora where democracy was born. The Agora was the heart of ancient Athens, the focus of political, commercial, administrative and social activity, the religious and cultural centre, and the seat of justice. The site was occupied without interruption in all periods of the city's history. It was used as a residential and burial area as early as the Late Neolithic period (3000 B.C.). Early in the 6th century, in the time of Solon, the Agora became a public area.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Enjoy some leisure time to explore Athens. Your study leader and guide will provide suggestions for your last afternoon in Athens.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: At the hotel depending on flight time.

Morning: Early morning transfers to the Athens airport for your departure flights. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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